Wilderness – the definition of ‘quality of life’

While some may refuse to take on a lengthy daily commute to work, those who live in Wilderness and surrounds on the Garden Route tend to disagree. “Wilderness in particular is a coastal resort village that offers a quality of life that surpasses the frustrations of working far from home. If you live there and you work far away, you don’t mind the drive. Coming home to Wilderness makes it all worth it,” says Madelyn Köhler of Jawitz Properties Wilderness.

On the market for R 8,995,000, this rustic Mediterranean-style villa in Wilderness is situated on the beach front offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Having recently opened a Jawitz Properties franchise to service this area, Köhler, who has extensive experience in the Garden Route area, also lives the good life in this beautiful corner of the Western Cape. “Tourists come here for just a short few months to bask in the beauty of this area that residents are blessed with on a daily basis.”

The area is divided into different sections with each offering something different to its residents.

Historically, Wilderness has been a holiday home spot and a place for residing retirees but that has changed in the last 15 years with both foreign and local buyers moving in. Hoekwil and Wilderness Heights form part of the broader Wilderness area comprising a range of small holdings and farms of various sizes. “These areas offer home owners the opportunity to enjoy a rural lifestyle while still being within 15-30 minutes of George,” adds Köhler.

Kleinkranz has become a sought after area for people wanting to buy slightly cheaper coastal homes.

“George, while being a major centre along the Garden Route, still sometimes struggles with its own identity,” Köhler says. “It’s difficult to determine whether it’s a vibrant commercial hub or a giant retirement village with extended shopping.” Younger couples are purchasing homes in George and commuting to work as far afield as Gauteng and some buyers may even work in many central African countries,” Köhler adds.

4 Bedroom House for sale in Wilderness

Wilderness has moved away from being a second home area into a primary home area particularly for retirees, and many holiday homes are used as leased properties to holiday makers.

Wilderness is mostly developed with little room to expand, while George has a range of new property developments currently being marketed, with a few more that are still in the pipeline.

There is however, no average property here. “Within any given street in any of these areas, homes vary from an older property to a luxury dwelling just next door.” Köhler says that there is a difference between front line beach properties and those that are just one street back, where due to the topography, second line properties may not even have a sea view.

“But again, it’s the quality of life that is the major draw card,” she adds.

“This year we expect property sales volumes to pick up especially in light of the Rand which is in favour of foreign buyers’ pockets.” Köhler says that properties generally stay on the market until sellers finally agree to a fair market-related offer. “We also find that local buyers are predominantly purchasing property with cash, so the area does seem to attract the more affluent,” she concludes.

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